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Old 05-22-2006, 07:20 PM
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Daniel Craig is NOT handsome enough to be James Bond

I realize that Casino Royale is already almost done. I realize that Pierce Brosnan and other Bond actors have endorsed Craig's performance. I also realize that this thread is going to get me a lot of hate because Craig is already popular, has impressed people in Layer Cake and Munich, and is garnering a lot of support in response to people like me. However, I simply do not believe Daniel Craig is suited to the role of Bond. And it is because he is simply not handsome enough.

Look at this enhanced image. This is an image that some trickster created, showing what Daniel Craig would have to look like to portray James Bond, and then comparing that enhanced face to his actual face. A cheap trick, yes. But he is right on the money. The face that he digitally created is symmetrical and even and looks unquestionably handsome. Craig looks like a troll next to him.

Many, many, many people on IMDB, a horrible forum but the only comprehensive one when it comes to movies, are rallying in support of Craig and shooting down anyone who claims what I am claiming, which is that Craig is not good-looking enough. I believe that the number one reason for this defense of Craig is that most of the male posters are too ashamed to admit that another man can be handsome. They're too ashamed to admit that Pierce Brosnan is handsome. To do so would make them "gay." Therefore they're going with the ugly duckling so as not to be accused of admiring another man's features.

I am as straight as a man can be, but I am fascinated in an aesthetic sense by the features of both men and women. I have no problem discussing men in terms of their physical attractiveness, and I have no shame about saying that a man is sexy looking or handsome. Pierce Brosnan is handsome. He looks like he could seduce a woman with his looks. Not with his charm or his confidence, with his LOOKS.

Daniel Craig looks like Vladimir Putin. He has droopy eyes and looks like he is sad all the time. He looks Russian. He also looks awkward in a suit. I have seen a million pictures of him in tuxes and suits linked to by people saying "CRAIG IS HOTTTT!!!" - he looks awful and weird in a damn suit! He has a great body, I admit this. He is rugged looking, and he looks good without a shirt on. But Bond needs to look good in evening wear. I don't know what it is about this picture of Daniel Craig but he just does not look right at all - maybe his head is too small or his shoulders too broad, I don't know, but he just doesn't look right. And I've seen many others and I can say the same thing about nearly all of them.

Daniel Craig's face looks good in some pictures, but there are many pictures in which it does not look good - in action, for instance, he looks strained and craggy and not handsome, whereas Brosnan looked good all the time. His face kept looking good no matter what he was doing in the movies.

A lot of people are saying that Daniel Craig is the best choice because Ian Fleming described James Bond as looking like Hoagy Carmichael, and Daniel Craig supposedly resembles Hoagy Carmichael. These people are completely insane. Hoagy Carmichael does not even remotely resemble Craig - he much more closely resembles Sean Connery, who had the dark looks and the traditionally handsome face suited to portraying Bond.

I know this is a controversial issue - in fact, the very controversy surrounding it proves my point. How can a man whose attractiveness is being debated by hordes of people portray James Bond? Nobody debated whether Pierce Brosnan was handsome enough to take the role! I realize, as I said before, that the movie's basically already done, and that this is crying over spilt milk. I still resent their choice of Craig.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:01 PM
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I'm as straight as straight can be, and have no problem saying a man is good-looking.

Having said that, I think the unaltered pic of Craig is far-better looking than the computer mock-up.

Hate to sound crass, but Craig is Bond. Deal with it.

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Old 05-22-2006, 08:16 PM
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I think the support for Craig is coming from fans of the novels, where Bond is more obviously not a nice man. He's the kind of guy that, if M told him to, would shoot you right in the face, screw your wife, and then shoot her right in the face. From the previews, it definitely looks like the upcoming Casino Royale is leaning in that direction.

He's a bad man, albeit one on our side. Not the debonair playboy adventurer that the films seem to be portraying. It helps if the actor, while handsome, looks a bit meaner and like he has a few inner demons. Craig just plain looks scarier than Brosnan or Moore.

You may have a point if this Bond was just making witty comments between stunt sequences, like some of the later moments, but it looks like they're actually trying to make a drama here. For the type of film they're making, Craig just works better.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:17 PM
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Although, I admit, the light hair will take a bit of getting used to.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:18 PM
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FWIW, I'll say upfront that I am a heterosexual female.

With that out of the way, I agree with Sir Rhosis that Daniel Craig looks better in the "before" picture than the after. No, he's not as handsome as Pierce Brosnan. Nor from what I've seen does he look as elegantly sophisticated as Brosnan can. But really....who is?

Daniel Craig reminds me of Sean Connery and I'm assuming, Connery's Bond. Personally, I've never found Connery "handsome" either. Very masculine, yes; "handsome" no.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:19 PM
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It's not so much that you're wrong so much as you're short-sighted. Still pictures don't cut it; it's not enough to look good on a movie poster (although it helps). The right attitude, bearing, tone, and mannerisms are what's important to Bond fans, and Craig proved he has what it takes in Layer Cake (haven't seen Munich. Connery had it; Moore, not so much (don't get me started).

Having said that, I also have to point out that beggars can't be choosers. From what I have heard, there aren't many British actors clamoring for the role. Craig himself had to be dragged kicking and screaming (my guess is that he figured it would be the quick route to being a big name entitled to big bucks even if the movie tanked). Remember, here in the US he is not really known (Layer Cake was well received, but not a hit).

Why are otherwise qualified Brits uninterested in the role? My guess is that they view the Bond franchise as a tired relic they don't want to be a part of, and they feel that regardless of the script they will not be able to resurrect it (the fact that every actor to play the role has been compared unfavorably to Connery doesn't help). Bond is a bit of an anachronism and should be retired. Some might point out that Mission Impossible: 3 is very Bond-like and indicative of what the Bond franchise could be re-established as, but I say, forget it. That ship has sailed.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:22 PM
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Which of the past Bonds were supposed to have been handsome? I thought they were going for "rugged."
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:27 PM
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Really, only Brosnan qualifies as "handsome," with Moore second. Connery and Dalton were rather good-looking rugged guys, while Lazenby was quite horse-faced, though I like OHMSS better than all the films except Connery's first three.

And don't be silly, Argent Towers, we don't hate you, we just disagree with you.

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Old 05-22-2006, 08:27 PM
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Disclaimer: I am a straight guy. Also, I think Brad Pitt is funny lookin'. My opinion of male beauty is thus not in line with the vast majority of women in the world. That said...

In the OP's link, Daniel Craig looks much better than that weird plastic image of a James Bond type. More human. Then again, I like sad eyes. I think it fits the character.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:39 PM
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You're joking right? You think the bizarre pic on the right is handsome, and the left pic is not handsome enough?

1: I think you really, really need to re-calibrate your estheo-meter. It's seriously out of whack.

2: Why do you think Bond needs to be a pretty boy? Connery was rugged good looking like Craig. Moore and Brosnan were way too model_pretty boy to hold a candle to the Ur Connery Bond as a believable Bond. Craig is way closer to the original Conneryesque Band concept.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:51 PM
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James Bond has no need to be handsome. He is cool, everyone knows it, and that is why it works.

I mean, did you even see Roger Moore in View to a Kill? Sean Connery in Never Say Never?

If Daniel Craig sucks as Bond, it will be if he plays it like Dalton or just isn't suave. His looks are adequate...but is his "cool" adequate?

I like this shot of him as Bond

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/casinoroyale/

He jus looks....cool.
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Old 05-22-2006, 08:57 PM
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James Bond has no need to be handsome. He is cool, everyone knows it, and that is why it works.

I mean, did you even see Roger Moore in View to a Kill? Sean Connery in Never Say Never?

If Daniel Craig sucks as Bond, it will be if he plays it like Dalton or just isn't suave. His looks are adequate...but is his "cool" adequate?

I like this shot of him as Bond

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/casinoroyale/

He jus looks....cool.
Cool, and exceptionally dangerous. Almost sociopathic. Which, of course, is perfect.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:28 PM
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Look at this enhanced image. This is an image that some trickster created, showing what Daniel Craig would have to look like to portray James Bond, and then comparing that enhanced face to his actual face. A cheap trick, yes. But he is right on the money. The face that he digitally created is symmetrical and even and looks unquestionably handsome. Craig looks like a troll next to him.
Nonsense. The real Craig on the left is quite good looking, and much preferable than the hideous thing on the right.

What *is* it with anti-Craigers? The sniping and pettiness toward him remind me of catty high-school girls.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:30 PM
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HOT.


Hot,
hot,
hot.

I don't give a rat's ass about 007 and probably won't see the movie, but Daniel Craig can come on over to my place any time.
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Old 05-22-2006, 09:32 PM
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I think the support for Craig is coming from fans of the novels, where Bond is more obviously not a nice man. He's the kind of guy that, if M told him to, would shoot you right in the face, screw your wife, and then shoot her right in the face.
But if M told Bond to shoot you in the face, shoot your wife in the face and THEN screw her, he would probably hesitate.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:21 PM
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I agree with the OP. I don't understand the appeal of this guy, He doesn't come close to Brosnan in terms of classical handsomeness. He looks like a washed up middle aged Australian surfer, which certainly isn't a bad thing and can be very cool, but it isn't JAMES BOND. I also thought Layerd Cake was an attempted at emulating Guy Ritchie that fell completely flat on its' face.

Obviously, my esthesometer is way out of whack with the hetero-female world.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:26 PM
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About the Putin thing: Form certain angles Craig certainly does look slavic. And he really bears no resemblance to Hoagy Carmichael. Of all the Bonds, George Lazenby probably looked the most like him. However, Craig does look tough, and having seen Munich I have to say he has acting chops that Roger Moore never had.
Have you read the Ian Fleming novel Casino Royal? Bond drinks like 20 cocktails and smokes 4 packs of cigarettes in one day of gambling. Craig's face is perfect for that.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:30 PM
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Daniel Craig is 187.5 times hotter than Pierce Brosnan. The OP is Pierce Brosnan's mother.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:44 PM
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I'm a straight guy and not a particularly big Bond fan, BUT I'll say that I never thought Sean Connery was that handsome. He just thoroughly owned the character.
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Old 05-22-2006, 10:47 PM
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Sorry, OP, i'm going to add my voice to those who think that the original picture of Craig is far, far more attractive than the bastardized version on the right.
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:22 PM
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I would like to add that (having seen the preview today for the upcoming Bond) and drooled over Craig newly buff bod.

He is hot enough to play whatever he wants.

Or do whatever he wants.

To me.

Anytime.
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:34 PM
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Methinks the OP is a bit off base. I'm willing to give Craig a chance. Connery owned the role, of course, but each of his successors has put his own imprint upon it (although Roger Moore is far and away my least favorite, particularly towards the end of his run). But I'm one of those who actually thinks that Timothy Dalton did a pretty good job in the role, so what do I know?
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:14 AM
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Sorry, OP, i'm going to add my voice to those who think that the original picture of Craig is far, far more attractive than the bastardized version on the right.
I read the OP, looked at the picture, and thought, "Yeah, he's right. The real Daniel Craig does look like a troll compared to the modified version." But then again, I thought the one on the right was the original.
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:17 AM
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I don't understand all the hate, either. He's relatively good-looking, and give him a break--we haven't even seen him in the role, yet. He might be stink, yes, but then again he just might be perfect. Give Craig a chance.

(The same applies to Brandon Routh as future Superman. I idolize Christopher Reeve as much as anybody, but come on.)
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:39 AM
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I wouldn't say looking like Putin is a bad thing anyhow. That man has charisma. Something just yells authority and father figure about him.

Anyhow, I think this new bond is a step in the right direction. I only hope they remove the chauvinistic traits, but Craig doesn't look like two-moralling type so it should be good.
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Old 05-23-2006, 01:17 AM
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Well, I saw the trailer this weekend and if you think Daniel Craig (shirtless) is not HOT, I ... well since this isn't the pit I'll keep it clean, believe me he has the best bod since Connery.
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Old 05-23-2006, 02:54 AM
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A few points:
looking Russian is not a negative in a British spy. I'd say it was more of a positive.
Brosnan was my favourite Bond, then Dalton, then Connery, Lazenby next and finally Moore my least*. I liked Brosnan not because he was handsome (although he was) but because he had, to me, an underlying cruelty. Maybe it's that IRA film of his that influenced me, I don't know...
I think Craig can project that cruelty, but what do I know, I've only seen him in Lara Croft.

* Never seen Niven.
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Old 05-23-2006, 03:03 AM
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Brosnan's my favorite Bond-I always thought Remington Steele was basically James Bond Lite-but I'm withholding final judgement on the Daniel Craig matter until I see the movie.
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Old 05-23-2006, 03:04 AM
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Am I the only one who thinks the right Daniel Craig is just the same picture of the left Daniel Craig with the brightness cranked up?


(ok, after close examination, the neck is slightly different, the eyebrows are more focused, and some of his features look a little less droopy, but I really think 90% of the difference is the brightness level)
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Old 05-23-2006, 03:25 AM
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My criticism of Craig is about his face, not his body. He looks great shirtless, I admit. So does Ben Stiller. Nobody would ever think of casting HIM, or someone who resembled him, as James Bond. The face is way more important than the physique. Why not get someone who has an amazing body AND has a handsome face?

I don't get the Brandon Routh comparison. On his board on IMDB nobody is saying that he isn't handsome enough for the role. There's no argument about it. It is accepted that he is handsome and that he looks fit to portray Superman.
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:24 AM
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I am no expert on James Bond -- I've only seen some of the films and have only read one of the books. But I'm a heterosexual woman and Daniel Craig is definately handsome, IMO. "Ruggedly handsome" is how I would put it. In that way, Craig resembles Connery (whom I also consider to be ruggedly handsome). Brosnan and Moore are also handsome, of course, but not ruggedly so -- they were both more pretty-handsome. Not that there's anything wrong with that in itself, certainly. But I'd say that ruggedly-handsome is more appropriate for James Bond.

Brandon Routh looks great for Superman, as far as his face goes, but I don't think he's big enough, body-wise. Superman oughta be huge -- like Schwarzenegger-huge. I had the same complaint about Reeve, back in the day.
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Old 05-23-2006, 07:10 AM
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I am aghast at all these people insisting that Pierce Brosnan is not rugged. He is absolutely rugged. He has a slightly receding hairline, which on the right guy looks very handsome especially with thick black hair. He has a stubbly face, not a smooth one that you would associate with a "pretty boy." Look at this picture of Pierce Brosnan and tell me he is not rugged looking. He absolutely is.

A pretty boy is someone like Jared Leto. Look at that face. There is nothing rugged about it at all. He's handsome, because his face is symmetrical - he also has big eyes, which make him look like a feminine Anime character. To give you a less predictable example - Christopher Walken. He has become known as someone who plays scary, weird characters, but in his younger days Christopher Walken was pretty. In this picture, he even looks a little like Johnny Depp, another example of someone who is pretty and not at all rugged. These guys all have essentially soft features, small noses, feminine lips - they are pretty boys.

I don't see how people can call Brosnan a pretty boy. His face is slightly boyish, but it is still quite rugged. This is why Brosnan was a perfect Bond - he was boyish and rugged at the same time. Charming and rough at the same time. Seductive and vicious at the same time. The character of the film Bond is ALL ABOUT the meshing of these two factors, the charm and the ruggedness. Craig only has ONE of them, the ruggedness, and not the other.

Why settle for someone who only has one, when they could have cast someone who had both?
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Old 05-23-2006, 07:12 AM
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I stopped watching Bond movies, other than on TV, back in the Sean Connery days. My son dragged me along to, I guess, the last Brosnan one and I thought he was pretty good and remember that Fleming said he looked like this.

On the weekend I saw shorts of the new Bond movie (and they looked pretty damn good) but it took me some moments to register that Daniel Craig was meant to be Bond. He seemed very lifeless in the snippets I saw.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:23 AM
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Daniel Craig is 187.5 times hotter than Pierce Brosnan. The OP is Pierce Brosnan's mother.
You're on crack, dear. Pierce Brosnan is not my type, but there's no arguing with the fact that he's a very good-looking man.

Daniel Craig, on the other hand . . . if James Bond is supposed to look like Hoagy Carmichael, then he ought to be a reasonably good-looking man. Daniel Craig is not just ugly, he's distractingly ugly. I haven't seen him in any films; perhaps his charisma manages to overcome his seriously painful face. But from all the still pictures I've seen, I've been puzzling over this. Sean Connery was not gorgeous, but he was a reasonably handsome man. Most of the previous Bonds have been. And Daniel Craig looks like he spent way too much time in the sun as a kid. He's not just not good-looking, he's seriously an ugly, ugly man.

Appeals to Ian Fleming's "vision" are nonsense, as this man does not look one iota like Hoagy Carmichael. For starters, Hoagy Carmichael was very good-looking - it's clear that Fleming envisioned a suave, handsome Bond, not this guy who looks like his hobby is bare-knuckle boxing.

I wouldn't see the movie either way, but (yeah, so I'm shallow) this casting would drive me away if I was. It would be distracting to try to watch a movie whose leading actor was that ugly, at least if that's not what the role called for. And incidentally, if I found him in my bed, I'd throw heavy things at him and call the cops. :: shudder ::


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I don't understand all the hate, either. He's relatively good-looking, and give him a break--we haven't even seen him in the role, yet. He might be stink, yes, but then again he just might be perfect. Give Craig a chance.

(The same applies to Brandon Routh as future Superman. I idolize Christopher Reeve as much as anybody, but come on.)
What you seem to have missed is that the OP is arguing that the dude's looks are wrong for the role. That can happen. For instance, I'd argue that Chris Farley's looks are wrong for the role of James Bond. The best acting in the world won't fix it if the actors are physically unbelievable.

Incidentally, the wussy-looking dude they cast as the new Superman makes me pretty disinclined to see that, and that's a film I would see otherwise. If you cast people who are physically inappropriate for their parts, your movie will simply not work.


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I don't get the Brandon Routh comparison. On his board on IMDB nobody is saying that he isn't handsome enough for the role. There's no argument about it. It is accepted that he is handsome and that he looks fit to portray Superman.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:36 AM
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Says you.

I like Daniel Craig - I think he's a fine actor and a damn good looking one, at that. I think he'll do well. He's certainly got menacing down to a fine art.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:53 AM
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Well I'm another who was throuroughly confused about the two pictures in the OP. Confused both about the brightness levels and which was 'before' which 'after'.

Another female of the hetero persuasion and I say give him a chance - a lot of Bond is in his voice not just his looks. Dalton just didn't cut it with that breathy whisper thing he did - Brosnan (my favourite*) could look charming but utter threats with the utmost conviction.

Personally I think he looks like this guy , which is fine by me, just fine.


*I came to Connery and Moore on the small screen (harbouring a grudge against Moore as I wasn't allowed to go to the cinema with my dad and brother to see For Your Eyes Only), they've always been there and I can't be objective about them - they were the guys who played Bond on telly. OHMSS is almost too different for me to see it as a Bond film.
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Old 05-23-2006, 11:28 AM
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Brosnan and Connery tie (so far) for best Bond. Connery brought him alive on the screen, and then he became a bit of an action joke, and then Brosnan took him places he'd never been. I've seen Daniel Craig in Layer Cake and in Munich and he was terrific in both. I think he'd be a great Bond, though I'm sorry they decided to drop Brosnan because he really was fantastic.

I don't think "handsome" is a Bond requirement. Sexy is though, and Brosnan, Connery, and Craig are all that. Roger Moore never struck me as sexy. That being said, on the handsome scale, I think it's Brosnan, Craig, Connery. Sean Connery got better looking as he got older though.
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Old 05-23-2006, 11:52 AM
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Daniel Craig is hot. I'm sick of pretty boy Bonds. If they are going to a rougher, more violent, less winkwinknudgenudge Bond installment, I'll be one of the first to buy a ticket. They were getting ridiculously cartoonish. And Pierce Brosnan was WAY TOO OLD to continue playing Bond.
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:34 PM
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Good call, Cat Jones -- Craig does look alot like Steve McQueen!

Personal tatse is a funny thing, isn't it? I cannot imagine anyone thinking Daniel Craig is ugly!
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:42 PM
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Daniel Craig is hot. I'm sick of pretty boy Bonds. If they are going to a rougher, more violent, less winkwinknudgenudge Bond installment, I'll be one of the first to buy a ticket. They were getting ridiculously cartoonish. And Pierce Brosnan was WAY TOO OLD to continue playing Bond.
If you want good cartoonish action movies, the Mission Impossible series got a lot better with the latest installment. Ethan Hunt can serve as the cartoony action hero. It'd be nice to have a James Bond who is, as Ogre suggests, just a little bit of a cold-hearted sociopath.
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:45 PM
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James Bond has no need to be handsome. He is cool, everyone knows it, and that is why it works.

I mean, did you even see Roger Moore in View to a Kill? Sean Connery in Never Say Never?

If Daniel Craig sucks as Bond, it will be if he plays it like Dalton or just isn't suave. His looks are adequate...but is his "cool" adequate?

I like this shot of him as Bond

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/casinoroyale/

He jus looks....cool.
Cat Jones beat me to it, but he looks like Steve McQueen in that picture. And I can definitely see McQueen as a Bond.
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Old 05-23-2006, 12:50 PM
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Cat Jones beat me to it, but he looks like Steve McQueen in that picture. And I can definitely see McQueen as a Bond.
Now I just think he looks ridiculous in that picture. It looks like the poster from a cheesy horror flick.
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Old 05-23-2006, 05:04 PM
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Many, many, many people on IMDB, a horrible forum but the only comprehensive one when it comes to movies, are rallying in support of Craig and shooting down anyone who claims what I am claiming, which is that Craig is not good-looking enough. I believe that the number one reason for this defense of Craig is that most of the male posters are too ashamed to admit that another man can be handsome. They're too ashamed to admit that Pierce Brosnan is handsome. To do so would make them "gay." Therefore they're going with the ugly duckling so as not to be accused of admiring another man's features.
I'm straight, but I have no problem with saying another man is handsome. I think Daniel Craig is quite handsome. I know you probably don't believe me, so I would be completely willing to kiss him to prove it to you, even though I am, as I said, emphatically not gay. Not at all.

I probably wouldn't want to talk to him later when my friends are around, though. Actually, that would probably be really awkward. So maybe I wouldn't. Look, let's just forget I said anything, okay?
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:10 PM
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OK, so the OP likes men with dark hair & big square jaws. Whatever. I like Craig's droopy pale eyes, lean cleft chin, strong nose, & general blondness. Not quite what I think of as "Bond" (in my mind, James looks like a mix of Timothy Dalton, Sean Connery, & various random elements) but not unattractive for an action star. And hey, as a straight guy, I like my action stars heroically handsome.

So let's admit that the issue with Craig is that he's just different looking & go on. I can live with it; he looks a bit like he could be a Ian Fleming relative.
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:34 PM
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Look at this enhanced image. This is an image that some trickster created, showing what Daniel Craig would have to look like to portray James Bond, and then comparing that enhanced face to his actual face. A cheap trick, yes. But he is right on the money. The face that he digitally created is symmetrical and even and looks unquestionably handsome. Craig looks like a troll next to him.
I'm pretty sure that guy on the right has already starred in a few movies.
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:35 PM
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I don't really care for Bond movies, but will definitely be going to see Casino Royale because of both Craig's hotness/talent and because the trailer just looks so damn cool. I think the whole franchise was just getting too slick with Brosnan in the role. This Bond looks like he'll stain his shirt a bit.
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Old 05-23-2006, 07:30 PM
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I confess I've never read the Fleming novels so I don't know what the tone of the novels are. However, I do know that the Bond movies are marketed as action adventures: dramatic yet a bit campy. To me, it's a European version of a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" type movie. (Or vice versa)

The reason I prefer Sean Connery as Bond above the much better looking Brosnan (who is drop-dead gorgeous) and the somewhat better looking Moore, is that Connery had a tongue-in-cheek attitude, a twinkle in his eye, that was absent in the other two. The attitude and sense of humor was what made Bond sexy.

As far as Craig goes, the jury is still out for me. Yeah, he's not particularly handsome, but neither was Harrison Ford. And I think we can all agree that Indiana Jones was a very cool character.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:50 PM
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I'm still sad that they didn't give the part to Hugh Jackman. He would have been perfect.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:55 PM
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Damn right he would have been perfect. Christian Bale would also have been perfect. Clive Owen would also have been a better choice than Daniel Craig.

My first choice would definitely have been Christian Bale, because of his looks and his tremendous acting ability. Many do not realize that he is Welsh and does not speak with an American accent in real life, so a Bond movie would give audiences a chance to see him speak in his natural voice.
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Old 05-23-2006, 09:58 PM
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I'll point out one more thing. I watched Layer Cake and was underwhelmed by Craig's supposed bad-ass-ness. He spent most of that movie getting his ass kicked and looking sad and haggard. This may be a testament to his acting chops, but I must say that if it was Pierce Brosnan in the role in Layer Cake, he would have looked like a million bucks even while taking a beating.
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